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Nordica Hot Rod Top Fuel XBi (2008)

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Rating: / 5
Price: $1195.00
Year: 2008
Level: 3
Gender: Male
Waist Width:
Tip/Tail/Waist: 123/78/108
Lengths: 162, 170, 178, 186

Stability at speed: 3.84 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.26 / 5
Crud performance: 3.83 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.48 / 5

At 178 cm, the Top Fuel was the shortest ski in the category, but put up its highest scores in Long Turns and Stability. How does such a little ski hang so tough at high speeds? It’s a classic race-ready construction: wood-core, square sidewalls, two sheets of metal. But don’t mistake it for a hard-snow specialist. Testers wouldn’t spend a lot of time in bumps on it, but loved its confidence in junky snow and powder. “It’s strong, but never ponderous,” said Hogen.

Best For

Energetic style; someone who likes to work the hill.

Not For

Rebound lovers.